The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1

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The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1
EP by Zac Brown Band
Released December 10, 2013
Genre Country, Country rock[1]
Length 17:28[2]
Label Southern Ground
Producer Dave Grohl
Zac Brown Band chronology
Uncaged
(2012)
The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1
(2013)
Singles from The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1
  1. "All Alright"
    Released: April 28, 2014

The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 is an extended play which was released by the Zac Brown Band on December 10, 2013. Originally released only to digital retailers, it was physically released on May 19, 2014. The physical release includes a 45-minute DVD on the creation of the album.[3] Included on the album is the single "All Alright", which was sent to radio on April 28, 2014.

Content[edit]

The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 is a four track extended play by the Zac Brown Band. Its four tracks are "Day for the Dead", "The Muse", "Let It Rain", and "All Alright".

In an interview with Rolling Stone, producer Dave Grohl stated, "They're unbelievable, the band is so good they can be tracked live; we didn't fuck with computers, we tracked live, four-part harmonies around one microphone. It's rocking. People are like, 'Oh, it's country.' 'No, it's not, it's like the Allman Brothers.' 'No, it's not, it's jam band.' I don't even know what you would call it, it's fucking great."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (87/100)[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Country Weekly A[6]
Entertainment Weekly B+[7]
Boston Globe favorable[8]
The New York Times favorable[9]
Roughstock 4.5/5 stars[10]

The album received universal acclaim upon its release, holding an average 87 out of 100 rating on Metacritic.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All Alright"   Zac Brown, Eric Church, Jimmy De Martini, Wyatt Durrette, John Driskell Hopkins[11] 4:23
2. "Let It Rain"   Brown, Durrette, Brad Stella, De Martini, Clay Cook, Hopkins[11] 4:22
3. "The Muse"   Jano Rix, Chris Wood, Oliver Wood[11] 3:45
4. "Day for the Dead" (includes "I've Held the Devil's Hand", composed by Levi Lowrey[11]) Coy Bowles, Brown, Cook, Durrette, Levi Lowrey, Rich Robinson[11] 4:47
Total length:
17:28

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from liner notes.[12]

Zac Brown Band
  • Zac Brown — lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Coy Bowles — slide guitar, Hammond organ
  • Clay Cook — Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, clavinet, electric guitar
  • Jimmy De Martini — fiddle, background vocals
  • John Driskell Hopkins — acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals
  • Chris Fryar — drums
  • Daniel de los Reyes — percussion
Guest musicians
Technical
  • Adam Ayan — mastering
  • Dave Grohl — production
  • Mike Fraser — engineering

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 25
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[14] 5
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[15] 3

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
2014 "All Alright" 24 17 105 40

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 [EP&#93] Details and Credits". Metacritic. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  2. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 - EP by Zac Brown Band". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Zac Brown Band Announce 'The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1' CD + DVD". Theboot.com. 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  4. ^ Kory Grow (2013-11-26). "Zac Brown Band and Dave Grohl to Release Songs in December | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Critic Reviews for The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 [EP]". Metacritic. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  6. ^ "The Grohl Sessions, Vol.1 by Zac Brown Band". Country Weekly. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Kyle (13 December 2013). "Albums: December 20, 2013". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "ALBUM REVIEW: Zac Brown Band, ‘The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1’ - Music". The Boston Globe. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  9. ^ "A License to Rock : Albums From Zac Brown Band and George Colligan". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  10. ^ "EP Review: Zac Brown Band - The Grohl Sessions, Vol 1 | Country Music Reviews, Taylor Swift to Lady Antebellum". Roughstock.com. 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Zac Brown Band (2014). Making of The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 (DVD). Southern Ground Records. Event occurs at 46:28. 
  12. ^ The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 (CD insert). Zac Brown Band. Southern Ground. 2014. SGA022. 
  13. ^ "Zac Brown Band Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Zac Brown Band. Prometheus Global Media.
  14. ^ "Zac Brown Band Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Country Albums for Zac Brown Band. Prometheus Global Media.
  15. ^ "Zac Brown Band Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Independent Albums for Zac Brown Band. Prometheus Global Media.